Han Solo: A Star Wars Story will be the second spinoff from Disney in the extended universe after Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hit cinemas in 2016. But while we might have an idea about what will be included, like the acquisition of the Millennium Falcon and meeting his hairy sidekick, apparently there is one great surprise that few would have seen coming.
Much like Harrison Ford's other major action franchise Indiana Jones, the hero's name actually derived from the family dog after replacing his given alias Henry Jones Jr. According to Disney CEO Bob Iger, the Solo persona is not his actual name as the movie explores a number of plot points that take us up to his debut in the original Episode 4.
A Solo By Any Other Name: Who Is Han?
Iger wanted to tease the news in the best way he knew how. Speaking with a gathered audience at a USC business and tech event, the CEO illustrated the timeline that will take place in the hero's life story. As Aldren Ehrenreich fills the boots of the Star Wars icon.
"We're actually shooting now an origin story of Han Solo, which will come out in 2018," he remarked. "That picks up with Han Solo when he was 18 years old and takes him through when he was 24. There are a few significant things that happen in Han Solo's life, like acquiring a certain vehicle and meeting a certain Wookiee that will happen in this film. But you will also discover how he got his name."
Garris Has Been Shriked - Woody Now Playing Beckett
For Woody Harrelson, the name of a character in an iconic franchise is not the be all and end all. Despite his response in the affirmative that he would be taking on the part of Garris Shrike in January, the War for the Planet of the Apes star kept his cards close to his chest on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Only confirming that he will be taking on the role of a character named Beckett.
"You know I like it," he said with a wry grin. "I was never a fanatic but you know, it's nice to be part of it. I play a guy named Beckett, who's kind of a criminal and a mentor to Han. That's all I can say."